The FA, ECFA and BCS have jointly spent many years developing a whole range of football opportunities in the FE sector to support colleges, students and staff with an interest in getting involved in football.

There are now many football programmes, initiatives and projects in circulation that FE colleges can get involved with. Example include those for students who wish to play (programmes such as TEAM NINETEEN, Just Play, Vauxhall Mash up, Inter College football leagues etc) or to support those who want to develop as young leaders (Football Futures, Student management teams, Leadership through Football, CSLA etc.), or those who wish to develop as coaches (FA Learning Coaching Pathway, Licensed Coaches club, Coach Scholarship programme, Apprenticeships etc.).

The ongoing priority is now to ensure that all of these programmes and interventions are part of one single approach with quality as a main focus.
By doing this we hope to support colleges to prioritise what projects and programmes would be best suited for their college and students needs, maximise their involvement in programmes through encouraging careful action planning and providing clear quality indicators and benchmarks so that we encourage continuous and sustainable improvement instead of pursuing fast gains or recognition.

Sector Led

In order to ensure FE Colleges are at the heart of this model, since early 2012, ECFA, BCS and The FA have been working nationally with a network of sixteen high performing colleges who have been instrumental in helping take the proposed new Framework from a concept into an end product.

Heads of sport from each of these sixteen colleges have already been engaged in a series of residential events to explore ideas, discuss and formulate recommendations.

A range of FA staff from the coaching and education departments have also been involved in contributing towards the framework and writing of indicators.
In addition we have worked closely with The Association of Colleges to ensure this new framework continually aligns as closely as possible with Ofsted’s common inspection framework.